Local band holds CD release concert

Zeda’s Beat Box will celebrate the release of their second CD, Seven at Cicero’s on Friday Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Bloggers from “The St. Lou Jew” (www.stloujew.blogspot.com) will set the tone for the evening as they light the Sabbath candles and lead the audience in Sabbath songs from the stage. All in attendance will receive a free copy of the bands eight-song CD. The show is for all ages, and admission is $10.

Zeda’s Beat Box burst on to the local Jewish and rock scene earlier this year with the release of their 4-song EP Kabbalat Shabbat. The CD received rave reviews by both Jewish and mainstream press and has been hailed as “Jewish music for the masses.”

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The band displays more depth and musical diversity on Seven as they create psychedelic backdrops behind their songs that strike a fine balance between reggae and 80’s new wave.

The band’s dynamic mix of Jewish tradition and modern music has landed them shows in both synagogues and night clubs. Their music has been heard around town playing in Jewish gigs, the JCC and on community rock radio. Bay Area producer, DJ Bradelectro, describes the music as “a cross between Bob Marley, The Clash and Fiddler on the Roof.”

The band was formed in January of 2007 by Dave Simon, the founder of Dave Simon’s Rock School.

To build the band, Simon recruited four teenagers who participate in Rock School’s band program.

To hear Zeda’s Beat Box debut CD Kabbalat Shabbat visit www.myspace.com/zedasbeatbox.